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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Magic Sam born 14 February 1937

 

Samuel Gene Maghett (February 14, 1937 – December 1, 1969), known as Magic Sam, was an American Chicago blues musician. He was born in Grenada County, Mississippi, United States, and learned to play the blues from listening to records by Muddy Waters and Little Walter. He was known for his distinctive tremolo guitar playing.
 
Maghett moved to Chicago in 1956, where his guitar playing earned him bookings at blues clubs on the West Side. He recorded singles for Cobra Records from 1957 to 1959, including "All Your Love" and "Easy Baby". They did not reach the record charts but had a profound influence, far beyond Chicago's guitarists and singers. Together with recordings by Otis Rush and Buddy Guy (also Cobra artists), they were a manifesto for a new kind of blues. Around this time Magic Sam worked briefly with Homesick James Williamson.


                    

The stage name Magic Sam was devised by Sam's bass player and childhood friend Mack Thompson at Sam's first recording session for Cobra, as an approximation of "Maghett Sam". The name Sam was using at the time, Good Rocking Sam, was already being used by another artist.
 
Magic Sam gained a following before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He served six months in prison for desertion and received a dishonourable discharge.
 
In 1963, his single "Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)" gained national attention. He successfully toured the United States, Britain and Germany. He was signed to Delmark Records for which he recorded West Side Soul and Black Magic.  
  
His first LP, West Side Soul, did not come out until 1967, ten years after the release of "All Your Love". The wait was well worth it, as it turned out to be an absolutely fantastic blues album, full of energy, highlighted by his high, soulful vocals and his distinctive guitar work. Notable songs included the blues standard "Sweet Home Chicago", a new version of "All Your Love", and the catchy original "That's All I Need", which learned more in the direction of soul than blues. Second guitar throughout the album came from Mighty Joe Young.

He continued performing live and toured with the blues harp player Charlie Musselwhite and Sam Lay. Magic Sam's breakthrough performance was at the Ann Arbor Blues Festival in 1969, which won him many bookings in the United States and Europe.
 
His career was cut short when he suddenly died of a heart attack in December 1969. Only days before, Maghett had agreed to sign with the renowned Stax Records label. He was 32 years old. Magic Sam was buried in the Restvale Cemetery, in Alsip, Illinois. His passing robbed the blues genre of a potentially influential figure.

In February 1970, the Butterfield Blues Band played at a benefit concert for Magic Sam, at Fillmore West in San Francisco. Also on the bill were Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite and Nick Gravenites. 
 
His guitar style, vocals, and songwriting have inspired and influenced many blues musicians. In the film The Blues Brothers, Jake Blues dedicates the band's performance of "Sweet Home Chicago" to the "late, great Magic Sam".
 
"Magic Sam had a different guitar sound," said his record producer, Willie Dixon. "Most of the guys were playing the straight 12-bar blues thing, but the harmonies that he carried with the chords was a different thing altogether. This tune "All Your Love", he expressed with such an inspirational feeling with his high voice. You could always tell him, even from his introduction to the music."

 (Info mainly edited from Wikipedia) 


1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For “Magic Sam - West Side Soul (1967)” go here:

http://www82.zippyshare.com/v/nDSIeWwf/file.html

1. That's All I Need
2. I Need You So Bad
3. I Feel So Good (I Wanna Boogie)
4. All Your Love
5. I Don't Want No Woman
6. Sweet Home Chicago
7. I Found a New Love
8. Every Night and Every Day
9. Lookin' Good [Instrumental]
10. My Love Will Never Die
11. Mama Talk to Your Daughter
12. I Don't Want No Woman (alt take)

A big thank you to Llagrima Psicodelica Blog for active link.

For more Magic Sam links go here:
http://lagrimapsicodelica4.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/magic-sam.html

For “Buddy Guy and Magic Sam – The New Generation of Chicago Blues – Singles As & Bs 1958-1962” go here:

http://www94.zippyshare.com/v/4pbCiPYE/file.html

BUDDY GUY
1. SIT AND CRY (The Blues)
2. TRY TO QUIT YOU BABY
3. YOU SURE CAN'T DO
4. THIS IS THE END
5. FIRST TIME I MET THE BLUES
6. I GOT MY EYES ON YOU
7. SLOP AROUND
8. BROKEN HEARTED BLUES
9. LET ME LOVE YOU BABY
10. TEN YEARS AGO
11. STONE CRAZY
12. SKIPPIN'
13. WHEN MY LEFT EYE JUMPS
14. THE TREASURE UNTOLD
MAGIC SAM
15. ALL YOUR LOVE
16. LOVE ME WITH A FEELING
17. EVERYTHING GONNA BE ALRIGHT
18. LOOK WHATCHA DONE
19. ALL MY WHOLE LIFE
20. ALL NIGHT LONG
21. 21 DAYS IN JAIL
22. EASY BABY
23. MR. CHARLIE
24. MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE
25. SQUARE DANCE ROCK PT 1
26. SQUARE DANCE ROCK PT 2
27. EVERYNIGHT ABOUT THIS TIME
28. DO THE CAMEL WALK
29. BLUE LIGHT BOOGIE
30. YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORK

The blues in Chicago and indeed the blues on Chess Records, Chicago's top blues label, had by the late 1950s been dominated by just a handful of artists but by 1957 that would change as a new generation of blues men were getting a foothold on the scene. This superb CD from Jasmine concentrates on two of these young bloods, Buddy Guy and Magic Sam.

Includes the A and B side of every single by these two blues giants through to 1962 with Buddy Guy's hit 'Stone Crazy' and the very different sound and feeling of Magic Sam's 'All Your Love', this is excellent stuff.

These cuts set a new course for the blues at a time when the music was losing its core audience. Buddy Guy is today the elder statesman of the blues around the world and if it not for Magic Sam's tragic death at the very young age of 32 he would no doubt carry the same status. (Jasmine notes)